The time is upon us! Is Chris Pratt our Star Lord? Does Zoe Saldana succeed at being the most feared woman in the universe? Did they screw up Rocket Raccoon? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z!

Anytime a book to movie translation forms perfect harmony, I call thee the Watchman standard. Guardians of the Galaxy well deserves the nomination.

The movie falls on how well each character translates from the comic book- especially with Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon. Deviate too much from the comic book and we riot, a direct translation loses the mainstream audience. We nerds have come to accept that formula.

My first ever encounter with Chris Pratt was during Everwood. It was impossible not to like Bright Abbott. The character that really made him unforgettable, is IQ challenged, Andy Dwyer.

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Pratt’s metamorphosis as Star Lord is spot on- not cheesy, not silly; funny and strong. He has done Peter Quill justice. Pratt really does embody a superhero actor. Some actors, you hope achieve Hollywood glory. Chris Pratt is one of them- because he can act and it is well deserved.

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Growing up as a girl that reads comic books, I take my female characters very seriously. I look at them as my older, cooler sisters. Rogue, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Storm, Jean Grey, Silk Spectre- don’t mess with my girls. Don’t put out a version of them that’s untrue to the comics. Zoe Saldana has big shoes to fill as the most dangerous woman in the world. Gamora’s story as the little girl taken in by Thanos can itself be it’s own movie. She is deadly, she is bad-ass, and she is not to be taken lightly. In other words, she’s the best. Saldana is Gamora. From her facial expressions down to every line, I was thrilled.

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My only slight complaint is with Drax the Destroyer. I would have liked more of his story incorporated into the film. Drax and his family were killed by Thanos and Cronos transfers Drax’s soul to a new superhuman body. Drax is well acted and with the exception of his backstory, I am pleased. The fact that we are guaranteed a second Guardians movie leaves me to believe he will be explored later.

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“I am Groot.” Groot is our strong, royal tree who is known for that one line. He is well done in the movie and has a few scene stealing moments. Great costume and he fits in nicely.

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Before we get to Rocket Raccon, I have to talk about the script. Incredibly well written. It embodies these characters with just the perfect formula of humor. Good pacing and nothing is wasted. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman deserve a standing ovation.

Rocket Raccoon is the heart of the Guardians. He’s a loud mouthed, lovable, wicked raccoon. He’s partner in crime with Groot, and if you screw up this character, your whole movie falls apart. I didn’t even realize Bradley Cooper voiced him- bravo. Rocket Raccoon is beautifully scripted. He’s not kiddy, but he’s not adult enough to alienate kids. He’s still ready to rumble and his quick wit pulls from the comics. I was terrified of his ‘Hollywoodfication’, but the execution is done right.

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With a budget of 117 million for their CGI, I was impressed that it was not massively overdone to the point where my eyeballs would scream for mercy.

One thing I have to talk about is the soundtrack. Amazing. The last time I enjoyed a soundtrack this much was Project X. Old school, addictive, and well selected.

So should you actually get dressed and go to outside for this movie? Yes. Yes. Yes. It is worth the trek. The only thing that will be better is the bluray!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 Duffies

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

July 26th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Movies & TV | PureNerdism - (0 Comments)

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Wonder Woman…

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Like most comic book translations, this is either going to be epic or drive us all to alcoholism. My. Bottle. Is. Ready.

I see bracelets, I see the sword, but the lasso of truth? Hidden on her hip to insight my nerd rage. Does Gadot look amazing, YES. Does she look like Wonder Woman? No. She is absolutely unrecognizable.

My vote was always for Gina Carano because she has the build and look of a Amazonian warrior, in addition to acting skills.

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While the movie is officially scheduled for two years away, the studio is testing the initial reception of the costume and actor by announcing at the San Diego Comic Con.

It genuinely is too soon for the vitriol against the entire movie because it will come down to the script and the execution but my brain is still blocking out Ben Affleck as Batman and now an undersized Wonder Woman with no reminiscing of the woman from the comic book.

Heaven help me.

Let’s all take a moment to stare at the real Wonder Woman while chanting, “Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman,” from Queen Hippolyte.

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If you are looking for the feel good comedy of the year- well then go see 21 Jump Street, because this movie is tissue time. I cried, I cried, and I even cried in this video. I wish I was joking, friends. Is it worth leaving the house for, does the love interest being her brother bother me, and does Duffy leave me for Hazel? Find out on this episode of Dragon Ball Z!

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Hello, children! “We’re moving- to 22 Jump Street!” It’s that time. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are going back… to college! Is this as funny as the first one? Will Duffy steal my water while I’m filming? Does it fall into the sequel curse? Find out more on this episode of Dragon Ball Z! Leave me a comment: Let me know if you are planning on seeing it! Did you like 21 Jump Street? Remember the 80′s version! I remember the reruns.

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First off the major difference between this one and the comic book is that the comic is more focused on Kitty Pryde and the movie more so on Wolverine. I think the reason for this is because Wolverine does so well with fans. He is also capable in the audience’s eyes of stopping the Sentinels.

As for the plot, Wolverine has to go back on time with the help of Pyde to 1973 to stop Mystic from killing Trask. This will only make him a martyr and she will be captured and her powers reverse engineered and used to create the Sentinels.

I’m extremely critical of the X-Men series because these mutants and the Watchmen were my absolute go-to as a kid. The best recreations have been the WB Fox animated series because they accurately sketched the characters and they kept to the comic book plots.

 

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The first X-Men movie was utter nonsense.

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In the second, things get better and now with this one you can pop the champagne.

Mystic stole the movie. I forgot Jennifer Lawrence played this character because she was forgettable in the first two. She needed to hit a certain level of badassary that only mutants can attain- and she nailed it on all fronts.

 

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Magneto and Xavier’s acting is so on point that you believe their history and back story which is so key to the series. The push and pull between these two men who start as friends and then end up on opposite ends of the earth is a central theme.

 

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My favorite scene in the movie is where Mystic attacks Trask and Wolverine, Xavier, and Magneto try to stop her. The reports and bystanders catch what’s going on and their face is just complete horror.

 

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To a normal, functioning person there is nothing funny about the scene. To me, it was absolutely hilarious.

The ending sets up the plot for Apocalypse, who is an X-Men villain and a mutant. The end credits rolling into previews of the next film is just exciting, exciting, exciting.

 

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In comparison to Winter’s Soldier, which do I like better? Oh, Days of Future Past- hands down! I grew up with these mutants and Rose and Gambit are two of my all time favorites, so I’m more drawn to X-Men. It’s not to say that Winter’s Soldier is bad, but X-Men is so rich in characters that I don’t see how Captain can compare.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Duffies!

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Jem-The Movie

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Movies & TV - (0 Comments)

Everyone, calm down, deep healing breathes. They are making Jem into a MOVIE. Mother of all that is good in this world, please don’t let then screw this up or this fandom, which is older than any ipod, will hunt you down!

Saturday mornings at eight o’clock sharp was a beautiful time in my life.

It will be live action, but as long as they stick to the core of what Jem is, and it’s well cast, all should be well.

This really is, truly, truly, outrageous.

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